CANTON — At least three candidates have decided to run in the Nov. 5 election to take the District 14 state Senate seat being vacated by Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) who has resigned to focus on his bid for Congress.
Cherokee County Supervisor of Elections and Registration Janet Munda said Thursday afternoon that the Secretary of State’s Office has advised that qualifying for the election, which is planned to be non-partisan, will be from Monday to Wednesday at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Election Office in Atlanta.
Loudermilk said Thursday the race is already looking like one to watch.
Although only one week has passed since he announced his resignation, Loudermilk said he is aware of at least three residents who are preparing to throw their names in the hat to take the seat, which represents large parts of Cherokee and Bartow counties and a small portion of Cobb County.
Dwight Pullen, 53, of Canton, Matt Laughridge, 25, of Cartersville, and Bruce Thompson, 48, of White, who is also Loudermilk’s finance chairman, all indicated Thursday that they plan to run for the seat.
Loudermilk said he met each of the three candidates at a function Thursday morning at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce in Canton.
But when asked if he had a favorite of the three men so far to express interest in filling the seat, Loudermilk declined to comment.
“We’re staying out of that race,” he joked.